A real highlight of the first Time Riders novel was the originality of the premise and the shock to the system that the youngsters suffered as they were wrenched out of their own time. With that inevitably missing from the sequel, Day of the Predator was always going to have to work harder. Nevertheless, Scarrow does a great job of letting us get to know Maddy, Liam and Sal that much better. And there are plenty of twists, some shocking.
Instead of support unit Bob, we have a female, Becks. Her interaction with Liam and the world around her is a treat here.
As before, Scarrow doesn’t pull his punches for a young readership and he doesn’t talk down. What will appeal to most, whatever age, is that this book is set in the time of the dinosaurs, some of whom may have been more intelligent than they’ve been given credit for. The world that Scarrow creates pulls the reader in. It’s quite extraordinary. And, with time waves rippling, you never quite know what will happen next.
This is most definitely a series to be read in sequence.